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Park draws more crowd as restrictions lifted

Lyna Mohamad

Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas is an ideal spot for fun and family bonding, especially for those with young children, said Markasah binti Haji Lamat from Kampong Sengkurong who frequents the park since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

The park is located in the heart of the capital near the landmark Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque and stretches along the Brunei River waterfront up to the iconic Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha (RIPAHS) Bridge. The park has lately seen more visitors, particularly during the weekends.

Markasah said the park is safe for all ages and the scenic view makes the long walk through the park enjoyable.

Haji Shamsul and spouse Liyana with their three children from Kuala Belait are also frequent visitors.

“We enjoy the environment here better than the ones in Kuala Belait because it is spacious. It is a joy to watch the children play and make new friends.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Markasah binti Haji Lamat and her family; and Yasmin binti Harris with her family. PHOTOS: MUIZMATDANI

Haji Mail at Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

One issue highlighted by many is finding a parking spot. However, for Haji Shamsul parking is never a problem as he drops off his family at the park’s entrance, while he looks for a spot further ahead.

Norhasinah binti Ramli from Berakas finds the park livelier compared to other recreational areas in the country. Even before, she used to bring her sons and daughter-in-law on Sundays to spend quality time with her young grandchildren. They usually end the outing with a family dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam employee Yasmin binti Harris goes to the park once or twice a week to roller skate. “I heard there’s an event happening at the park and I decided to drop by with my mother and siblings,” said Yasmin last Sunday.

Although there are other parks to skate, she said she preferred Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas because of familiarity and it having events and activities often.

The Bulletin also spoke to vendor Haji Mail from Bukit Sibanging, Kampong Sungai Buloh who sells kites and bubble makers. He said business has been booming in the past few weeks and he now conducts his businesses at two different locations with the help of his spouse.

“During the restriction period, we struggled to make ends meet. Alhamdulillah, business has picked up now.”

He said Bandar Seri Begawan is no longer a dull and quiet place on weekends. Haji Mail said the park has made the town centre more vibrant and lively.